Friday, 16 November 2012

Focus on Koh Samui in Thailand

The Thai island of Koh Samui is a real tropical paradise, with beautiful beaches and a stunning interior, quality hotels, excellent food and cold beer - not surprisingly, it's one of our favourite parts of Thailand!

Stunning beaches of Koh Samui, Thailand

Just off the southern coast of Thailand and around an hours flight from Bangkok is the island of Koh Samui, a relaxed tropical paradise that offers everything from peaceful secluded beaches to late night nightlife, traditional temples to superb shopping, and a host more besides. Koh Samui makes the perfect destination for a beach holiday or can be included in to a multi centre holiday to Thailand or beyond.

Around the Island Tour
Discover the beauty of Samui by exploring the island - there's only one main road so it's very easy! Take in Big Buddha Beach and the nearby Wat Plai Laem, beautiful Na Muang Waterfalls, the famous rocks of Hin Ta and Hin Yai, go elephant trekking in the jungle and finish with sunset on Ang Thong beach.

Party in Chaweng
Koh Samui's largest, liveliest resort is a great setting for a fun-filled holiday, with plenty of atmosphere. Keep an eye out for the beach parties at the famous Ark Bar, or do what we do and work your way from one end of the resort to the other, stopping off for a cold Singha beer and satay or spring rolls as you go!

Discover historic Na Thon
Check out the historic Chinese shophouses and watch the boats arrive from the mainland at the Island's unofficial capital, Na Thon - a great place to get a slice of traditional Thai life and to sample excellent Thai food too!

Explore the islands of 'The Beach'
The 40 or so islands that make up the Ang Thong National Marine park, to the northwest of Samui itself, offers picture postcard scenery of sheer limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons and white sand beaches - no surprise the area was the setting of the book 'The Beach'.

Koh Samui is a short flight from Bangkok, with a myriad of flight options to get you there - the flight to Bangkok from Heathrow is around 11 hours direct, or there are flights from around the UK via a hub destination such as Dubai that take a little longer, but can often be cheaper. As the easiest way to get to Koh Samui is to fly via Bangkok, it's easy to arrange a Bangkok and Beach twin centre holiday, which tends to be great value for money too.

Koh Samui also has connections to other parts of Thailand, with daily direct flights to Chiang Mai for a superb Thailand multi centre holiday, as well as other beach resorts such as Phuket and Krabi. Nearby islands such as Koh Phangan are reached by ferry from Koh Samui.

Flights also connect Koh Samui with other parts of the Far East such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, so a multi centre holiday to the Far East taking in Koh Samui is easier than you may think.

There's a good selection of hotels available throughout Koh Samui, with the main resort of Chaweng having the widest selection. Nearby Bophut and Lamai are good options for those looking for shops, restaurants and bars outside of their hotel but without the full-on nightlife of Chaweng, while there are plenty of peaceful corners dotted across the island if you prefer to get away from it all.

Koh Samui us a beautiful island...make sure you visit it one day.......

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